Father Christmas

Almost done!

Father Christmas (He’s insisting that his name is “Ned” and that he’s Santa Claus’ brother–don’t ask me….)  is done but for something to hold in his right hand–perhaps a staff of some sort.

That might wait until next year.  He’s gracing my coffee table at present, and I’m perfectly happy to forget about searching out the perfect stick for him to hold.

(If you want to see a few more pictures from different angles, click the photo to go to the album.)

Besides trying to figure out what this guy’s story is, I’m busily cutting garments to sew with black thread next week.  So far there’s a jacket that I wanted to make for Christmas some year.  If I get it made early next week, I might wear it once this season.  If not, there’s always next year!

Besides that, I hope to cut pants for Mom, pants for me, a black velour cardigan, and a skirt.

We’ve got a little celebrating to do before any of that can commence, so I’ll get back in here next week!

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Status report

Got Hair

Father Christmas is pretty much done.  I’ve got his hair a little more finished than this, and glued to his head.  Mr H thinks he should have a red robe…

Well apparently I was going for a woodland Santa look when I bought the materials last year.

Who knows?

He must have some accessories, which should bring him more in line with Mr H’s stereotype.  I’ve been looking at Father Christmas images on the ‘net, and have some ideas.  I’m thinking a bag of toys and a Christmas tree, but I saw some cute fishing equipment in the doll house section of Hobby Lobby the other day.

A woodland Santa would look good carrying fishing stuff, wouldn’t he?

I’ll just tell Mr H that this is Santa’s day off.

;-)

Oh, and if you want to see the evolution of the costume and such, have a look at the Flickr set here.

Two heads

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I always seem to make (at least) two.  Don’t know which of these I’ll use.

Just discovered that I don’t have any glasses for this doll.  Father Christmas MUST have spectacles, so that means a trek to town tomorrow.

Y’all have a good weekend!

The face begins

Father Christmas isn’t coming along as quickly as I had hoped.  The directions have you stuff the head, then transfer the face onto it.

How?

Fortunately the face was already drawn for us, but I had no idea how to get it from the page to the stuffed head.  Unstuffed I could have used a light box, but not after it was stuffed.  Some research revealed the existence of a substance called artist’s transfer paper, which could be used for such tasks.  Then I had to acquire some.

We are fortunate to have both a Michael’s and a Hobby Lobby here.  Of course our Michael’s is the home of the grossly unhelpful staff, so of course I couldn’t find it there.

<rant>

If you know where something is in the store, Michael’s will probably have it, and you’ll be happy.  If you don’t know where it is, or you don’t even know what it looks like, the staff will frustrate you beyond belief.  They can’t just walk over and show you where and what it is–they point in some vague direction or play dumb about the entire matter.  They may even (discreetly–I saw that!)  roll their eyes and give you an unintelligible answer.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours to meander through Michael’s looking for something specific.  I try to stay out of there, but I was in that shopping center and decided to see if things had changed.   I came out disappointed, as usual!

</rant>

Anyway, I finally found some at Hobby Lobby.  (The staff there, when you can find them where you need them, is much more helpful!)  I had some trouble using it, but I did finally get the face on.

As with anything I do, it isn’t perfect, but it’s on there!

Face

I hope to get moving any time now!